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Brooks Named Grand Prize Winner In Breeders’ Cup Capture The Classic Challenge

Breeders’ Cup, one of the world’s most prestigious Thoroughbred horse racing events, announced on Friday that Bob Brooks, of Kitchener, Ontario, has been selected as the Grand Prize winner for the $100,000 Capture the Classic Challenge. Launched in June 2018, the interactive promotion tasked fans to predict the winners of select races for a chance […]

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Classic: Gunnevera Comes ‘So Close,’ Thunder Snow ‘Stayed Fighting To The End’

Gunnevera was on the outside looking in to the Breeders’ Cup Classic when pre-entries were announced, but the hard-knocking colt did his trainer proud on Saturday with a second-place finish in the $6 million race. A 4-year-old son of Dialed In, Gunnevera came hurtling down the Churchill Downs stretch under Irad Ortiz to finish just […]

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Sixteenth Time’s The Charm? Mendelssohn Tries ‘A Different Preparation’ For Classic

Aidan O’Brien will be trying to claim one of the few prizes that has eluded him on Saturday, a victory in the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic. The Coolmore entrant Mendelssohn with make his trainer’s 16th starter in the 1 1/4-mile dirt contest, to be held this year at Churchill Downs. The colt, a $3 million […]

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Catholic Boy Cruises Through ‘Endurance-Building’ Breeze At Churchill Downs

Hall of Fame jockey Javier Castellano did not have much time to celebrate his 5,000th-career win on Saturday at Belmont Park before catching a plane to Louisville to work Robert LaPenta, Madaket Stables, Siena Farm and Twin Creeks Racing Stables’ Breeders’ Cup Classic (GI) contender Catholic Boy five furlongs in 1:02.60 at 5:30 a.m. (all […]

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Catholic Boy ‘Recovered Very Quickly,’ Executes Solid Breeze Toward Classic

Multiple Grade 1 winner Catholic Boy got back to his serious Breeders’ Cup Classic preparations on Sunday morning at Belmont Park with a five-furlong breeze in company in his first appearance on the worktab since September 30. Catholic Boy, a 3-year-old colt by More Than Ready, worked outside his stablemate, graded stakes winner March, with […]

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‘Mild’ Fever Forces Catholic Boy To Skip Planned Workout

Winner of both the G1 Belmont Derby (turf) and G1 Travers (dirt), 3-year-old Catholic Boy is one of the more intriguing chances for the upcoming Breeders’ Cup Classic at Churchill Downs. According to drf.com, however, the son of More Than Ready missed a planned workout this past weekend at Belmont Park due to a fever. “It’s […]

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Good Magic ‘Done For The Season,’ Audible Targeting Pegasus World Cup

Trainer Chad Brown has officially stated that Good Magic, the Haskell winner and Kentucky Derby runner-up, will not race again this season, according to drf.com. The Curlin colt most recently ran ninth as the Travers favorite, and was sent to Stonestreet for a break from the racetrack. “He needs some time,” Brown said. “A decision on […]

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Despite Early Rain, Saratoga Meet Generates Second-Highest Handle In History

The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) today concluded its 2018 season at Saratoga Race Course with the second highest all-sources handle in history, despite a summer meet that was inundated with more than 10 inches of rain. Total all-sources handle generated during the meet was $659,083,459, in spite of the fact that 50 races […]

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Does A Four-Month Triple Crown-Winning Campaign ‘Justify’ An Eclipse Award?

Justify became the 13th winner of Thoroughbred horse racing’s Triple Crown this year, beginning and ending his career in the span of four short months for trainer Bob Baffert. The 3-year-old son of Scat Daddy has since been retired to stud having developed a filling in one leg. Charles Hayward opined at thoroughbredracing.com that winning the […]

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‘Brought Me To Tears’: Irad Ortiz Pats Wonder Gadot After Travers Finish

The first filly to run in Saratoga’s G1 Travers in more than 40 years, Wonder Gadot was up near the pace in the early going but faded to cross the wire last of the 10-horse field. A camera caught jockey Irad Ortiz, Jr. giving the filly a pat as she crossed the wire, and horse […]

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